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  D4Y1 Model 21 Judy Manufacture Number 330  
IJN
151 Kōkūtai

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February 1944 via J Long

Aircraft History
Built by Yokosuka. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as D4Y1 Model 21 Type 2 Carrier Recon / Dive bomber manufacture number 330. This aircraft had a white square around the fuselage Hinomaru. Assigned to the 151 Kokutai. No known tail number.

Mission History
On August 15, 1943 took off on a mission. Over Choiseul Island, shot down and crashed into the sea off Batua Point at roughly Lat 6.25 Long 156.38.

Wreckage
During January or February 1944 examined by Technical Air Intelligence Unit (TAIU). The largely intact aircraft was dragged ashore onto the beach upside down with the landing gear extended and photographed. The team noted and photographed the manufacture number as 330.

Afterwards, the aircraft was carried by natives onto a landing craft and transported to Munda on New Georgia for further analysis. Ultimate fate unknown, possibly abandoned at Munda or transported to Guadalcanal. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Behind Enemy Lines mentions the TAIU group, including Michael Freeman investigation of this wreck.
Thanks to Jim Long and Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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